Now Blooming, Now Flying

In Prospect Park this morning:Wild Geranium, a.k.a. Spotted Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum).Question Mark butterfly (Polygonia interrogationis), as punctual a name as the very, very similar Eastern Comma (Polygonia comma): (picture from my archives)– so named because of small silvery marks on their underside of their hindwings, unseen while wings are spread.Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis).
Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta).
On Lookout Hill, I ran into Emily from the Prospect Park Alliance and we had a brief discussion of the importance of untidiness in the wild. Snags, tree stumps, rotting wood, thickets, brambles, bare patches of dirt, etc. Later, in the Vale, which is pretty much the park’s definition of untidy, I watched a bumblebee descend into this bit. She had big bundles of pollen on her legs. She’s clearly nesting in there.

Also saw my first of the year Green Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Chimney Swift, and House Wren. A pair of Wrens were joined by a trio of Blue Jays for a chorus of very strident alarm calls, as if something wicked was about (cat, raptor), but I saw nothing, and as the wrens started up long before I got anywhere near them, it wasn’t me, either. I found a Northern Flicker in her cavity nest; they do breed here, but not in great numbers.

2 Responses to “Now Blooming, Now Flying”


  1. 1 alphonsegaston April 19, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    You are so right about the importance of disorder and cutter in a natural setting. A cleared-up woods is no woods at all. And I practice what I preach–fell down a week ago in my three-acre “woods” and bruised some ribs. The solution here is to not go out without my cane and a human companion-the cats are no help.


  1. 1 Butterflies, Butterfly-Shaped « Backyard and Beyond Trackback on April 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm

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